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  WTA July 27-Aug 2: Baku & Florianopolis             • entries: Stanford & DC - Toronto - Cincinnati - New Haven - US Open         • 2015 WTA Sched

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Baku Cup, Azerbaijan INTL
$250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: hard
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n41 A Pavlyuchenkova, n43 K Knapp
n56 D Cibulkova, n60 K Nara

Brasil Tennis Cup Florianopolis, BRA
INTL $250,000
32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
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n64 T Maria, n69 A Tomljanovic
n77 A Beck, n80 T Pereira
 
Florianopolis:

#80 Teliana Pereira
5' 6" 137lb RH 2H-BH
Baku:
#158 Patricia Maria Tig
?'?" ?lb RH 2H-BH
   
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    On Saturday at Florianopolis, Brazil, in the final of the Brasil Tennis Cup, the 2015 champion at Bogota, 26 year old #80 (career high: #74) Teliana Pereira from Curitiba, Brazil, defeated the 2014 champion at Luxembourg, 21 year old #77 (career high: #43) Annika Beck from Giessen, Germany, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 (photo shown).

    Teliana's prize is $43,000; Annika's prize is $21,400.

    Teliana said: "I have no words to describe what I'm feeling right now. When I came here I didn't know if I would be able to play. My knee wasn't so well. So I can't believe I managed this victory. It's the best day of my life. I'm living a dream right now." WTA story

    Annika said: "I had a really good week. I won my first doubles title and the singles final means a lot to me. Teliana started to play much better in the third set than in the second set, and I really want to congratulate her for the victory. She played great tennis all week and really deserves the title."

    Teliana now leads Annika 2-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last week on red clay in the 1st round at Bad Gastein, when Annika defeated Teliana 5-1 retired. Teliana was unable to continue that day due to a right knee injury.

    Teliana is now 2-0 in WTA singles finals; she has a 35-13 singles match record this season. Annika is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 15-21.

    Meanwhile in Azerbaijan, in the semifinals of the Baku Cup, 21 year old qualifier #158 (career high: #43) Patricia Maria Tig of Romania defeated the 2013 Monterrey champion, 24 year old top seeded #41 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, 6-3, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Patricia said: "I'm so happy, I cannot even explain it. It's my first WTA final. I'm playing very well right now and I'm feeling very confident." WTA story

    In the Baku final on Sunday, Patricia will play 21 year old #110 (career high: #110) Margarita Gasparyan from Moscow, Russia.

    Patricia and Margarita have met only once before, earlier this year on a hardcourt in the 2nd round of an ITF tourney at Andrezieux, France, when Margarita defeated Patricia 6-2, 7-5.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Baku & Florianopolis

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Baku, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
*n158 q Patricia Maria Tig ROU d n41 s1 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 6-2
*n110 Margarita Gasparyan RUS d n43 s2 Karin Knapp ITA 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Baku, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n110 Margarita Gasparyan RUS v n158 q Patricia Maria Tig ROU m1 noon
Baku, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s1 Margarita Gasparyan & Alexandra Panova
    v s2 Vitalia Diatchenko & Olga Savchuk m2

Baku, Withdrawals
n38 Monica Niculescu ROU
n58 Roberta Vinci ITA
n68 Katerina Siniakova CZE
n71 s6 Lesia Tsurenko UKR wrist injury
n72 Andreea Mitu ROU
n81 Denisa Allertova CZE
n93 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n94 Tereza Smitkova CZE
n100 Klara Koukalova CZE
n107 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
 
Florianopolis, SFs, Fri 1030am
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
n77 s3 Annika Beck GER d n115 s5 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3
n80 s4 Teliana Pereira BRA d n201 Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-3, 7-5
Florianopolis, Final, Sat 11am
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
*n80 s4 Teliana Pereira BRA d n77 s3 Annika Beck GER 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Florianopolis, Doubles Final, Fri
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s4 Annika Beck & Laura Siegemund
    d s2 Maria Irigoyen & Paula Kania 6-3, 7-6(1)

Florianopolis, Withdrawals
n46 Johanna Larsson SWE
n70 Yulia Putintseva KAZ
n142 Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP
n159 Beatriz Haddad Maia BRA

  WTA Aug 3-9: Stanford & DC

BOTW Classic, Stanford, CA
PREMIER 700 $731,000 28m/16q/16d
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n5 C Wozniacki, n7 A Radwanska
n10 C Suarez Navarro, n12 Ka Pliskova

Citi Open Washington, D.C.
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n11 E Makarova, n21 S Stosur
n22 B Bencic, n24 S Kuznetsova

    The main draws have been posted for Stanford & Washington (if the .pdfs aren't up, try the Live Score "app"). The links are above, and the matchups are below.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stanford & Washington, DC

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Stanford, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $6,550 US; points: 1
n13 s5 Angelique Kerber GER v n40 Daria Gavrilova RUS
n16 s6 Andrea Petkovic GER v n53 Carina Witthoeft GER
n18 s7 Madison Keys USA v n63 Aleksandra Krunic SRB
n20 s8 Elina Svitolina UKR v q
n23 Sabine Lisicki GER v q
n35 Caroline Garcia FRA v q
n45 Varvara Lepchenko USA v n50 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO
n58 Alison Riske USA v n65 Tatjana Maria GER
n62 Mona Barthel GER v n252 wc Carol Zhao CAN
n69 Saisai Zheng CHN v n87 Ana Konjuh CRO
n70 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO v n92 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS
n152 wc CiCi Bellis USA v q
Stanford, 2nd Rd, Tue-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $10,000 US; points: 55
n5 s1 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n45 Lepchenko OR n50 Lucic-Baroni
n7 s2 wc Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n152 Bellis OR q
n10 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n58 Riske OR n65 Maria GER
n12 s4 Karolina Pliskova CZE v n23 Lisicki OR q
Stanford, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $20,000 US; points: 100
Stanford, SFs, Sat 3pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $35,000 US; points: 185
Stanford, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
Stanford, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US

Stanford, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 2 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,690 1pt; q2 $3,025 13pts; qualifier 25 points

Stanford, Withdrawals
n1 Serena Williams USA right elbow injury
n9 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n67 Katerina Siniakova CZE
Washington, D.C., 1st Rnd, Sun 2pm Mon-Tue 4pm
loser's prize: $2,220 US; points: 1
n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v n51 Alison van Uytvanck BEL
n21 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS v n36 Kristina Mladenovic FRA
n22 s3 Belinda Bencic SUI v n96 Tereza Smitkova CZE
n24 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS v q
n28 s5 Alize Cornet FRA v q
n29 s6 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU v n44 Madison Brengle USA
n32 s7 wc CoCo Vandeweghe USA v n60 Christina McHale USA
n33 s8 Zarina Diyas KAZ v n83 wc Lauren Davis USA
n34 Sloane Stephens USA v n94 Magda Linette POL
n39 Monica Niculescu ROU v n73 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
n42 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS v n46 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n54 Heather Watson GBR v n125 wc Louisa Chirico USA
n61 Kurumi Nara JPN v n71 Yulia Putintseva KAZ
n64 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS v q
n72 Polona Hercog SLO v q
n75 Irina Falconi USA v n167 wc Taylor Townsend USA
Washington, D.C., 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $3,420 US; points: 30
Washington, D.C., QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $6,200 US; points: 60
Washington, D.C., SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
Washington, D.C., Final, Sun 5:15pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Washington, D.C., Doubles Final, Saturday
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Washington, D.C., Qual Finals, Sunday Aug 2 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,285 12pts; qualifier 18 points

Washington, D.C., Withdrawals
n17 Sara Errani ITA
n26 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n19 Victoria Azarenka BLR shoulder injury
n66 Daniela Hantuchova SVK

  WTA July 20-26: Istanbul & Bad Gastein

Istanbul:

#68 Lesia Tsurenko right
5' 9" 148lb RH 2H-BH
Bad Gastein:

#23 Samantha Stosur
5' 7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Istanbul Cup TUR INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - WTA

Gastein Ladies, AUT INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: G - T.com - ESPN - WTA - webcam

    On Sunday in Turkey, in the final of the Istanbul Cup, 26 year old #68 (career high: #55) Lesia Tsurenko from Kiev, Ukraine, won her first WTA singles title by defeating 24 year old #100 (career high: #29) Urszula Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 7-5, 6-1 (photo shown). Lesia's prize is $43,000; Urszula's prize is $21,400.

    Meanwhile at Bad Gastein, Austria, in the final of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies, the 2015 champ at Strasbourg (and the 2011 US Open champion), 31 year old 2nd seeded #23 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, defeated the 2014 champion at Tashkent, 27 year old 3rd seeded #43 (career high: #35) Karin Knapp from Lutago, Italy, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 (photo shown). Samantha's prize is $43,000; Karin's prize is $21,400.

  WTA Jul 13-19: Båstad & Bucharest

Bucharest:

#63 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
5' 9" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Båstad:

#73 Johanna Larsson
5' 9" 146lb RH 2H-BH

Swedish Open Båstad, SWE INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y!: news | WTA

Bucharest Open Bucharest, ROU outdoor: red clay INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d
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    On Sunday at Båstad, Sweden, in the final of the Collector Swedish Open, the 2011 & 2013 Båstad finalist, 26 year old 7th seeded #73 (career high: #46) Johanna Larsson from Helsingborg, Sweden, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 Båstad champion, 25 year old 4th seeded #49 (career high: #23) Mona Barthel from Neumunster, Germany, 6-3, 7-6(2) (photo shown). Johanna's prize is $43,000; Mona's prize is $21,400.

    Meanwhile in Romania, in the final of the Bucharest Open, the 2015 champion at Katowice, 20 year old 7th seeded #63 (career high: #55) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Kosice, Slovakia, defeated the 2015 champion at Rio, 28 year old top seeded #19 (career high: #5) Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy, 7-6(3), 6-3 (photo shown). Anna's prize is $43,000; Sara's prize is $21,400.

  WTA November 14-15 2015 Fed Cup Final

    Czech Republic will host Russia for the Fed Cup final, November 14-15. The Czechs won the Fed Cup three of the last four years; Russia last won the title in 2008.

2016 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Swiss, Romania, Netherlands.
2016 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Belarus, Slovakia, Australia.

  WTA June 29-July 12: Wimbledon

London:

#20 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH
London:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam Prize$: £26,750,000 - outdoor: grass
draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub women's: q - singles - d men's: q - singles - d

    On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2002, '03, '09 '10 & '12 Wimbledon champion (and 2015 Australian Open & French Open champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Wimbledon title by defeating the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania, 21 year old 20th seeded #20 (career high: #20) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, 6-4, 6-4 (Garbi is shown during the match, Serena is shown holding the "Venus Rosewater Dish" afterward). Serena's prize is £1,880,000 ($2,077,757 US); Garbine's prize is £940,000 ($1,038,878 US).

  WTA: May 24-Jun 8 French Open

Roland Garros:

#13 Lucie Safarova
5'9" 137lb LH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros Grand Slam Prize$: €12,864,000 | 128 players - outdoor: red clay
matches: Live Scores - OOP - results draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub
women's: qualif. - singles - doub men's: qualif. - singles - doub

    On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2015 French Open, the 2013 & 2002 RG champion (and 2015 Australian Open & Miami champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2015 champion at Doha, 28 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #11) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 (Lucie is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is €1,800,000 (about $2,031,383 US); Lucie's prize is €900,000 (about $1,015,691 US).

  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Australian Open 2015 tourney page has 93 choice photos, cropped & enhanced, 50 postmatch quotes, Melbourne weather, a Google map of Melbourne Park, and much more.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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